KitchenAid Model 4-C Mixer

10"x10" oil on canvas I love tools. I did a little painting of this back in late 2013 or early 2014 (don't expect me to remember the date—I have the memory retention of a donut) called, "KitchenAid Mixer That I Am On the Fence About Ever Painting Again." I believe the title originally had cuss words in it. Well, I was still on the fence when I was looking at this thing-that-weighs-a-ton taking up space in my studio, and I said to myself, "Myself, that thing needs to earn its keep—paint it again!" (The reason for the exclamation point is that I usually yell when talking to myself.) So, here it is a little bigger at 10"x10" and in a different pose.

Posted April 29, 2015

Marble Taunts Cat

6"x4" oil on door skin panel ••• Yet another, "I spoiled them in oil paint because they were there." Not a great quote, but it is all I got for a Friday afternoon. Okay, now I feel guilty delivering such a weak quote, so here is one of my favorites: “I went into a general store. They wouldn’t let me buy anything specifically.” —Steven Wright. What, not deep enough for you? Here's another of his, "If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?"
 
Posted April 24, 2015

Rocket Camera

6"x" oil on panel I had been meaning to paint this little camera for some time. Well, finally getting off my duff, I just grabbed a board and did it. The masonite board is 6"x6", which is an odd size for me, but hey, at least I got it done. In my ever shrinking mind, I had envisioned doing this bigger and at a different angle, but this felt right at the time and who knows, I may still do a bigger piece. I think it was Titian who once said, "Sometimes you just have to slam it down and go for it." Or was it Mr. Rogers who said it? I can't remember (See above: "...ever shrinking mind...").

Posted April 21, 2015

Soy Sauce in a Jar

6"x4" oil on RayMar panel This Kikkoman soy sauce bottle is roughly 2,000 years old. So, it wasn't a surprise when its cap finally cracked and gave way under constant Logan Family usage. Soy Sauce is life's blood itself in our household and this bottle was never allowed to be empty. It would be hard for me to steal and paint if it was not broken. I believe I succeeded once years ago and I have been looked upon with harsh suspicion ever since. I see that demonic, distrustful look in their eyes whenever I reach for the sacred bottle: "Don't you even think about stealing our soy sauce!" Seeing as the bottle was so highly revered, it somehow seemed fitting to display it in another bottle—kind of like a museum display. So, without further ado, I now present to you... glass under glass.

Posted April 16, 2015

sold • private collection pasadena, ca

My Ben Hur Hand Drill, A Bit Bigger

12"x6" oil on canvas I love tools. Hmm... Don't know what to say after such an underwhelming declaration. Oh, oh, I know. I will impart the only useful nugget of fatherly advice I have passed along to my offspring: "Don't laugh while eating lemon bars, the powdered sugar will kill you." Oh yeah, my font of wisdom ran dry after that one.

Posted April 14, 2015

Skecher Boot

6"x4" oil on door skin panel To snobs like me, Skechers were fake boots. That is probably why it took me so long to finally come around and paint this one of mine. Why I purchased them in the first place is another mystery. The procurement took place decades ago when I had far more functioning brain cells than I do now and no offspring to distract me while making a purchasing decision, so blaming it on my youth or The Spawn seems a bit lame. So... Aliens took over my body! (Sorry, but it's all I got.) At the college I attended, there seemed to be an unwritten rule stating that the word "brown" was verboten. Anything even remotely brown was referred to as "warm gray." Whatever you call it, the base color of this boot is a playground for introducing color (Caveat: For a spaz like me). Below, please find the horrible easel shot of what I am currently working on. I will send you a better picture later. Charles Dickens' ghost will rise up and smite me, but I just had to do it. 10"x10" / oil / all knife work.

Posted April 9, 2015

Boy Camera, The Bigger

12"x12" oil on canvas I like this camera so much I painted it twice. This is the bigger of the two at 12 inches square. I will be in the Beverly Hills Art Show next month. It looks like I will be located between Erin Hansen and Alla Tsank, both wonderful artists. I doubt I shall last the weekend.

Posted April 7, 2015

Gazanias and Statice in a Bottle

6"x4" oil on door skin panel Something strange happened to my emails last week, I think they got stuck somewhere around Omaha. So, if you did not receive them or the text was in an Esperanto dialect particular to West Texas, I apologize. Please accept this bouquet as a sincere a token of my remorse for the inconvenience. The beautiful flowers that make up this petite bouquet were lovingly and zealously murdered by The Spousal Unit. By now, you would think I would know better than to talk to her whilst she is decimating our quivering flora. Invariably, she stops, gathers up some of her victims, arranges them a bit, and shoves them at me. (With all the grace in the world, of course.) No words are exchanged, but the meaning is clear: "Here, be a good boy, scamper off and paint these and leave me alone."

Posted April 2, 2015

sold • private collection west hollywood, ca

GE Clock Radio Red and Square(ish)

4"x6" oil on door skin panel Some of the details in these little paintings can be somewhat challenging. The grille in the middle of this old clock radio is a good example. It is a defining element, so I think it is necessary, but it is a royal pain in the neck. When confronted with this kind of widely varying dilemma, I usually fall back on one approach: Just dive in and do it. And, as further evidence of my insanity, make it even harder than it has to be. Here, I painted against form on the grille instead of just painting up and down in the same direction. I think it was Jean Paul Sartre's right eye that said, "Easy? Who wants to live there?" Or was it maybe John Cleese using an outrageous French accent or, and this is more likely, was it one of the sage waiters down at The Pantry? I can't remember.

Posted March 26, 2015

Aryiel

10"x8" oil on canvas panel Another painting from a great live (as opposed to dead) model. On a different note... I have been judged into the May 2015 Beverly Hills Art Show. Another chance to humiliate myself in public and have the other artists hit on The Spousal Unit—I wouldn't pass it up for the world. Actually, I could do without the second part. Oh well, moths to a flame and all that. The show takes place on the weekend of May 16th and 17th. These shows are the only time the city elders allow me to be within the Beverly Hills city limits, so I try to make the most of it. More info to follow at a later date.
 
Posted March 24, 2015

Maneki Neko with Pot

6"x4" oil on canvas panel This overly happy, thus dubious cat is beckoning for us to take his pot of even more dubious food. Pot of what? Are some foodstuffs more lucky than others? And if there is curry in there, I will be pretty ticked off—this artist can't stomach curry. Anyway... All my suspicions aside, I saw this unique Maneki Neko down in Little Tokyo and had to have it. (Him or her? Don't ask me—I don't know how to check for gender on a ceramic cat and I am not sure I want to know.) Oh yeah, The Spousal Unit thought I deserved a good beating for my pun-ishing commentary in last Tuesday's post with Mr. Darwin. Needless to say, I didn't get any cookies that day.

Posted March 19, 2015


Charles Darwin

10"x8" oil on canvas panel This was supposed to be an 8"x8", but it evolved into a 10"x8" piece. Sorry about that sentence—I couldn't help myself and its origin was specious. Ooh, that just hurts. It is true though; due to Mr. Darwin's massive beard, I deemed a change in format wise. I threw everything I had at that beard. If you look closely, you will see the kitchen sink in there somewhere.

Posted March 17, 2015

sold/commission • private collection thousand oaks, ca

Little NYMCO Box Camera

6"x4" oil on canvas panel I love my little NYMCO box camera. It shares the honorary place next to my computer along with my favorite Maneki Neko (lucky cat bank), that's how much I love this petite camera. It is a really small camera, so this is one of those rare occasions when the subject is actually smaller in real life than it is in my painting. I thought you might like to see it, so I have included a photograph and, sticking to my creed of relative scale, I have thrown in a quarter to give you an idea of the camera's size. You might be asking, "Why does he keep a lucky cat bank next to his computer?" (You probably weren't wondering that at all, but better to play it safe and just go along with the insane artist.) Well, it's because The Spawn no longer allow me to rub their bellies for luck, so I need something to touch for good luck, obviously." 

Posted March 12, 2015

Lollipop Heart #2

6"x4" oil on door skin panel During the painting of the above painting, The Spousal Unit came into the studio and, from over my shoulder, said, "That's nice. You're painting another heart shaped lollipop." Another? What the... I had totally forgotten that I had painted one of these years back. Not the same heart-shaped lollipop, that one is long gone, but another 25 year-old piece of candy slipped into Spawn Number Two's bag during various Halloween festivities. This lack of knowledge about the origin of food given to one of my children is more evidence of my being a perfectly horrible parent. Somebody could slip one of my kids an apple with a thermo-nuclear device sticking out of its side and I would probably just say, "How nice. At least it isn't one of those horrible orange and black Halloween themed toothbrushes our neighbor hands out every year."

Posted March 5, 2015

sold • private collection olympia, wa

Leah

10"x8" oil on canvas panel Another painting session that started off with the use of a brush and then, at some point, devolved into a knife fight. Sometimes, just sometimes mind you, brushes aggravate me when they wimp out on the amount of paint they can scoop, move and carve. So the knives come out of my bag and then... all bets are off. Oh yeah, and I am left hoping I did not insult the model with the result. The knife I resorted to using on the ever wonderful Leah could cover the entire surface of this panel in two, maybe three drags. I like working with implements that appear obnoxiously too large for the purpose. This forces a looseness in my work (i.e., a lack of preciousness) and makes the artists painting around me a little nervous. Yes, I am the official union representative for the "Un-United Insane Guys Painting in the Back of the Room," Local Chapter #137. We don't hold meetings.
 
Posted March 3, 2015

 
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